“I spent a lot of years as a CEO and I am looking for a president with experience creating jobs and the guts to lead,” says former Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca in an Online advertisement paid for by the “Bill Richardson for president” campaign.
In his blog last Thursday titled “Bill Richardson is my guy” Iacocca seems to have finally found an answer to “Where have all the leaders gone?” a book he wrote that was published in April this year.
Incidentally, Iacocca’s clarion call for a leader with clean and bold plans was echoed by 258 C-level executives, earlier in August, when Chief Executive ran a survey asking corporate head honchos to “vote for each party’s presidential candidates regardless of their affiliation” (see: “CEOs Pick Their Best and Worst Presidential Candidates for Business” dated 8/24/2007).
These executives, according to Edward M. Kopko, CEO of Chief Executive Group “are looking for real leadership and common sense solutions on important issues, such as tax, fiscal and energy policies, healthcare plans, and the war on terror rather than populist political rhetoric.”
These are, perhaps, some of the traits Iacocca has seen in Democrat Bill Richardson and not the others – heavyweights and frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Rudi Guiliani and John McCain – as he says in his blog “And whether I’m examining their priorities, using my 9C’s Scorecard or simply listening to my gut, Bill Richardson is the one who always comes out on top.”
It may be too early to predict the winner but, the fact, however, is that the New Mexico Governor, despite his squeaky clean image, backed by his political repertoire as an energy secretary and U.N. ambassador under President Clinton; and being “one of the best negotiators the country has ever seen” has so far drawn very little support compared with the others.
Meanwhile, the Governor himself is no stranger to the blogosphere. Last week, he wrote a scathing article on the shortage faced by the National Guard after the havoc caused by the
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